SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter pumped in three goals in the second period for Team Canada on Friday and his natural hat trick helped pace the team to a 6-0 victory over Austria on Friday.
Finland also scored six goals in their game against Norway and emerged from Friday’s second late game as 6-1 winners.
Canada and Finland are both at 2-0 for the tournament. The two teams will face each other on Sunday night with the winner securing an automatic berth into the quarterfinals.
Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf scored the other three goals for Team Canada -- all of which were scored in the game’s first two periods -- prompting Austrian coach Emanuel Viveiros to pull goalie Bernhard Starkbaum. Canadian goaltender Robert Luongo made 23 saves in the shutout win.
Olli Maatta had a goal and two assists for Finland and Lauri Korpikoski chipped in with two goals of his own. The offensive attack was buoyed by Tuomo Ruutu and goalie Kari Lehtonen, who each had two assists.
Norway’s lone goal was scored by Per-Age Skroder.
Although the winner of the Canada/Finland game on Sunday will clinch first place in group B and a quarterfinals spot, the loser can still advance based on goal differential.
The last time the teams played in the Olympics was in 2006 when Finland defeated Canada 2-0 and went on to win silver in Turin.